Does anyone here AP in linux?
As above, thinking of getting a few pieces of this Raspberry Pi kit
I know i can get it to replace my download box, but I am curious if a linux machine could take care of trade bots and dealing with the likes of ultimatcher as well?
I dont so much care about ultimatcher, I am sure I could create my own openoffice clone, however it would be the bot part I am more concerned with.
If so, then this could open up a world of cheap AP computing from here-on in could it not?
No more £1000 desktops, albeit a £300-400 laptop is probably as good if not better than what most people need these days.
Historically I have always disliked using any unix-like OS for anything related to workstation use simply because in my opinion X always sucked nuts compared to MS Windows. And I say this as someone who uses a Unix shell a lot every single day (as I have done for the past 10 years), so I'm not some kind of Windows zealot by any stretch. That said, who knows, maybe X has moved on in the last 5 years or so (which was probably the last time I bothered trying to 'get into' using X).
Of course the answer to your question 'I am curious if a linux machine could take care of trade bots and dealing with the likes of ultimatcher as well?' is categorically 'yes', it's just about how much time and effort you're willing to put into crafting your own solution on a unix-like OS.
And therein probably lies my dislike of using unix for anything to do with workstation stuff, it's just TOO configurable. Sure you can do whatever the hell you like on a nix clone and do it a hell of a lot better than you would be able to on Windows, but it will also usually take you a hell of a long while to do it as well. If you want to spend the time doing it then it will probably run very nicely and a lot quicker.
My own personal preference has been to go with a proper 'power user' PC, splash out a few quid on a decent CPU and processor and just install Windows 7 on it. Windows is so heavily used by everyone+dog that things get ironed out a lot quicker by someone else and you don't have to spend forever tweaking it to make it work well. And Windows 7 is excellent in my opinion, possibly the best Windows OS ever (or certainly up in the top 3 anyway).
All of that said... I have heard/read about the Raspberry you refer to and it does sound quite interesting (although my thoughts on it were more along the lines of 'oh that will be useful for bringing the internet to 3rd world countries' to be honest!).
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I've installed custom XAMPP based bots on linux and windows: it depends on the precise specifications. I use Windows at home through choice.
edit: I also run basic bots on old XP machines. The CPU power is secondary to the bandwidth for the type of code I'm running.
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Originally Posted by DireEmblem
That Brit-built £22 computer: Yours for just £1,900 or more ? The Register
Raspberry Pi | An ARM GNU/Linux box for $25. Take a byte! (actually your link from above, they mention the mad response to the auction there as well in an update from yesterday)
Last edited by munk; 04/01/2012 at 02:14.